Tuesday Ryan Hart is known internationally for her strategic work with organizations and communities engaged in systemic change. Tuesday is a host/facilitator who fosters new ways of thinking and working with entrenched issues. With deep understanding and practice in equity and justice, Tuesday uses methods that encourage participation, bringing together multiple stakeholders to take strategic action and get good work done.
Caitlin Frost is a facilitator and coach working globally with individuals, teams and communities to access new ways of thinking and working together. She brings deep experience and powerful practices for engaging limiting beliefs and illuminating and shifting both individual and collective stuck patterns to open more space for wise action, creative thinking and authentic collaboration. Caitlin is also core faculty for the innovative Leadership 2020 Program in the child and family services sector in BC Canada.
Sook Jin Ong
Sook Jin leads the Future Services Institute. In this role, she brings her interest and practice in blending human-centered design and participatory leadership principles to be of service to those in human services. Prior to this, she managed the partnership between the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Minnesota Department of Human Services on improving service delivery in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). Previously, she spent several years in the corporate sector as a consultant.
Jen Mein is the Innovation Manager at the Future Services Institute. She is cultivates authentic engagement that invites diversity of perspectives into critical conversations, fosters creativity and innovation, and energizes motivated individuals and groups to experiment with new ways of working, learning, and leading. Prior to joining the Future Services Institute team, she served as an internal consultant to University of Minnesota leaders in areas of leadership development, engagement, and campus climate.
Antonia Wilcoxon has served as the MN Department of Human Services Director of Community Relations since June 2012. In this role, she manages, develops and facilitates relationships between DHS and the community the department serves. She advises department leaders on matters related to DHS’ relationships with external stakeholders and actively seeks out opportunities to improve community relations. She also facilitates gatherings on topics that matter using principles of authentic partnership.
Lorrie Janatopoulos is a current Bush Fellow pursuing post-graduate work at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, Lorrie was the Planning Director at Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA), a community action agency in Northeastern Minnesota with an antipoverty mission. She has an extensive background in public policy and has over 25 years of local and statewide non-profit board experience, most recently the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.
As Manager of the Human Services Performance Management System in the MN Department of Human Services, Gary Mortensen is responsible for implementation and management of the system, as well as collaborating directly with counties to improve outcomes for people served.
Kate has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and public human services sectors. As Operations Manager for the Dakota County Community Services Division, she helps to facilitate division-wide strategic planning and management as well as operations management. Kate is interested in exploring how to effectively leverage participatory hosting practices in ways that complement robust project management methodology within the human services realm.
Vangie Castro has been the Youth & Adult Education Program Manager at The Diversity Council in Rochester, MN since March of 2011. Personal experience and hearing the stories of others taught her the difficulty of succeeding without an education, and a developed desire to help others navigate systems to escape poverty and create change within those systems. Vangie has been active in building a community of practice for other Art of Hosting participants to provide intercultural understanding among the growing and changing demographics of Southeast Minnesota. She has worked in the field of diversity and inclusion for the past six years.
The caller of this training and organizer of the hosting team. Jodi is a Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and serves as the Academic Director of the Future Services Institute. Her research, teaching, and practice has always focused on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families. She has spent her career moving back and forth between professional consulting practice and academic posts working with MN Council of Nonprofits, McKnight Foundation, and the Bush Foundation.
Keisha supports the work of the Future Services Institute in a variety of projects and act as a liaison in the work with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and local human service offices and tribes across Minnesota. Keisha handled many of the logistics to make this training possible... registration, facilities, travel, food, supplies, and more. THANK YOU, KEISHA!!